Awhile back, I purchased a study Bible that came with a software program. I had all but forgotten about it until recently. It’s Bible Explorer 4.0, and as it turns out, you can download a version of the software for free.
Note: My version might include some titles not included in the downloadable version.
It’s a pretty handy tool, though it did take me a few minutes to figure out (and I’m still learning). There’s tutorials available.
It contains many translations, including ASV, ESV, KJV, some in Greek, and others. Since popular translations such as NKJV and NIV are held under copyright, you’d have to purchase those separately if you wanted electronic access. Kind of expensive ($30 to unlock the NIV!) so you’d probably be better off using a paper copy or going to BibleGateway if you wanted to view the text of other translations for free.
- You can open multiple windows within the program to view several things at once — different Bible translations, a dictionary, your own study notes, a commentary, or whatever else you decide to open.
- You can easily create word documents within the software to take notes
- You can electronically highlight and bookmark text
- When you have a Bible passage open, you can look at all the cross-references within your library to find things such as commentaries and other study helps.
- When reading the KJV, it links to Strong’s Concordance and Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. If you want to use these, be sure to review the tutorial or visit the ‘help’ tab within the software, because I don’t think the feature is as intuitive as it could be. I don’t know if this is the exhaustive concordance or a concise version, but it’s still neat.
- Download or unlock 200 free books to be read within the software. Browse the available listings here. Many titles are already included in your download (I forget which were). Some ones of note include Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary; Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Bible Commentary; many more commentaries; 5 Bible dictionaries; The New Unger’s Bible Handbook; and obviously gobs more.
- You can create your own reading plan based on which days you’d like to read, how long you’d like the reading to take (6 months, a year, 15 weeks, whatever), what you’d like to study (Old Testament; New Testament; Pauline Epistles, etc.).
There’s a LOT of tools within this software and I’m still exploring it and figuring out how I can get the most out of it. If you’re looking for a study resource, I think this is worth a download and taking a little bit of time to tinker around with the program.
If you do, let me know which books/resources you found most helpful within it.